What does Würzburg has to do with x-rays?

While walking or riding the bus to school in Würzburg, Germany, I have passed the Röntgen House many times, not really paying attention.

After some history lessons in school, I learned the significance of this famous research building. I found out that the first x-Rays were discovered in Würzburg by W.C Röntgen in 1885

The Röntgen Haus in Würzburg is a historic house associated with Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, a renowned physicist and the recipient of the first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901 for his discovery of X-rays. Here’s some information about the Röntgen Haus:

The Röntgen Haus in Würzburg serves as a tribute to Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen’s groundbreaking scientific achievements and offers visitors a chance to delve into the life and work of this influential physicist.

    The Röntgen Haus is the birthplace of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, where he was born on March 27, 1845. The building itself dates back to the 17th century and showcases the architectural style of that era.

    With this discovery W. C. Röntgen was granted the Nobel Price in physics. The home belonged to the formal Physics Institute of the University of Würzburg at the Röntgenring 8 address, and now is used by the University of Applied Science of Würzburg-Schweinfurt

    Dr. Roentgen who invented the x-rays

    The discovery came on a late Friday evening of the 8th of November 1895. Saga is that he used his wife’s hand under the first x-Ray machine. He presented his new finding in publications and magazines

    Roentgen Plaque
    Röntgen Plague at the building

    Plague reads: W.C. Röntgen discovered the x-rays in 1895 in this building.

    The Röntgen memorial site contains an exhibition of historical machines, instruments and documents. The Röntgen Memorial Site is located at the Röntgenring 8, Würzburg (photos by Wikimedia)

    Museum and Exhibition: The Röntgen Haus is now a museum dedicated to the life and work of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen. The museum offers insights into his scientific achievements, his personal life, and the historical context of his discoveries. Visitors can explore exhibits featuring scientific instruments, photographs, and documents related to Röntgen’s research.

    Dr. Roentgen invented the x-rays here
    Dr. Roentgen invented the x-rays in this room

    The first medical X-ray (Röntgenstrahlen) was taken by Wilhelm Röntgen of his wife Anna Bertha Ludwig’s hand in 1895

    X-ray (Röntgenstrahlen) was taken by Wilhelm Röntgen of his wife Anna Bertha Ludwig's hand in 1895

    Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen: Röntgen’s most significant contribution to science was his discovery of X-rays in 1895. This groundbreaking discovery revolutionized the field of medicine and had far-reaching implications in various scientific disciplines.

    X-ray machine of Siemens und Halske from 1912
    Two X-ray tubes

    Röntgen’s discovery of X-rays paved the way for significant advancements in medical imaging and diagnostics. Today, X-ray technology is widely used in various fields, including medicine, industry, and research.

    X-ray machine of Siemens und Halske from 1912
    X-ray machine of Siemens und Halske from 1912
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